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Grateful Dead Live at Winterland Arena on 1974-02-23

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Grateful Dead Live at Winterland Arena on 1974-02-23

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Around & Around, Dire Wolf, Me And Bobby McGee, Sugaree, Mexicali Blues, Here Comes Sunshine, Beat It On Down The Line, Ship of Fools, Jack Straw, Deal, Promised Land-> Bertha-> Greatest Story Ever Told Row Jimmy, Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Weather Report Suite Part 1-> Let It Grow-> Stella Blue, Big River, Ramble On Rose, Me & My Uncle, He's Gone-> Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One*-> Eyes Of The World, One More Saturday Night, E: Casey Jones, E: Johnny B. Goode**-> E: We Bid You Good Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Winterland Arena
Location San Francisco, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage Master Soundboard Reel > DAT > CDR


complete; Master Soundboard Reel > DAT > CDR; CD Mastering, EAC> SHN by Scott Clugston; d3 tracked for 80 min


Reviewer: erdoc8921 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 26, 2013
Subject: Awesome Show
This set contains my favorite version of He's Gone. The transition to Truckin is also really smooth.
Reviewer: deadhead519 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 10, 2012
Subject: Wow! Wow! Wow!
Godchaux is on absolute fire during this show! Normally having him higher in the mix like this would be more of a complaint, but man oh man does he kill it on this one and deserve the extra attention. HCS and WRS are major highlights from a smokin' show start to finish. Grateful to be listening to this amazing show 37 years later. My much younger ears would never have had the opportunity otherwise! Cheers to all involved!
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 6, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" February 23, 1974 at the Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.


The second night of a three night stand at Winterland, February 22,23 & 24.

I highly recommend getting all three shows. They are very well rehearsed and performed for the hometown crowd. The mix has room for improvement.

Billy's overhead mics could have been turned up more, it's hard to hear his cymbal work and the ambience.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE.

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Reviewer: roch - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 15, 2009
Subject: songs 1-11
Why can i only play songs 1-11? I can play no songs when i open this through internet explo. and only 1-11 when i open with firefox?
Reviewer: CuseTom - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 24, 2008
Subject: where's jerry
thought jerry's guitar buried in the mix on HCS
Reviewer: 3chrds - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2007
Subject: dire wolf slow and low
makes ME feel lika Groovy Muthafucka!
Reviewer: BornXEyed - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2007
Subject: 4 solid
Great board, clean sounding, but lacking "air." By that I mean very little, if any, audience is picked up by the stage mics. I personally enjoy hearing, subtly, the space the band is playing in if at all possible on boards.

The performance is majestic nonetheless. "HCS" is sweet, "GSET" soars, and "WRS>LIG>Stella" is gorgeous--a thing of delicate beauty.

From "He's Gone" on through the end of the set is a display of what this band was doing best in '74--taking us to far away places that were sometimes disturbing, ludicrous, magical, or groovy and then roping us back in with tight, fun, upbeat tunes we all know and love.

Keith really banged out some great sequences on the keys btw--check out "Truckin'"
Reviewer: Shambles - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 4, 2006
Subject: Definitive HCS
This, in my opinion is without a doubt, the best Here comes Sunshine. The singing isn't as strained as most others and it's a very tight, meaty version. Jerry's vocals are strong and confident and Bob's guitar work is amazing, he even takes a crack at a lead. I think this one beats the Dick's Picks 1 version, although that one's pretty damn good too. Melty, Trippy, Yummy!
Reviewer: EstPrpht08/12/79 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2006
Subject: Sounds like it was in a studio!
First off, the recording quality doesn't get much better. Every instrument is nicely placed in this mix.

The music itself if hot enough to get a 5 stars from me which I don't hand out like some people. Keith is definately inspired on many tunes. And Donna shows up late or something which is good. Here Comes Sunshine is fresh and very enjoyable. As is most of the tunes. The Other One and Eyes have been discussed as well. I give it five for the flaweless recording and the tight yet fluid jamming. A must for 74!
Reviewer: happy420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2005
Subject: Early strains of
The lyrics for "Help on the Way" had not been completed by the first performance on 6/17/75...that version is complete, but instrumental.

Licks that would become the segue between "Help on the Way" and "Slipknot" appear in a number of jams in '74...turning up in "Playin", "the Other One", and "Eyes of the World".

This "Eyes" has a jam that was typical of the era which has modal movement very similar to "Slipnot" but without some of the more developed melodic themes...from about 9:30 to the very distinct melodic statement around 11:00 it is PURE "Slipknot". This is followed by a syncopated theme that appears around 12:00 and is repeated a couple times leading to the end of the jam.

I believe this series of themes were originally one continiual flow (probably the result of an improvisation which they then expounded upon in further performances), it would be interesting to find the first "Eyes" with this arrangement added at the end of the jam and trace it's development from there. Once the "Slipknot" themes started to take on a life of their own, the whole segment was dropped from "Eyes".

Jerry obviously had those figures in his head for quite a while before figuring out what to do with them.

It's a neat window into the Dead's creative process...many of the songs on "Blues for Allah" were completed instrumentally before the words were finished. On the out-takes for "Blues for Allah" included in the "Beyond Description" boxed- set there is a tune called "Hollywood Cantata" which is "The Music Never Stopped" with completely different lyrics! They are absolutely terrible by the way, and have no relation whatsoever to the classic song it became...thank god Bobby didn't settle!
Reviewer: direwolf600 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2005
Subject: Set 2
I haven't seen a mention of this anywhere so someone fill me in if possible. 14:00 mark of TOO there are distinct Help/Slip teases...Help wasn't played live until 6/17/75. So when was it written? Im usually decent on song trivia like this but I don't recall when or how Help came about. Check out this unique TOO and listen close for it, its there. Great sound quality over all. Phil completely dominates the Let it Grow Jam and Billy is right behind him the whole time...really spectacular version that goes into a up-tempo Stella which is interesting. I enjoyed it. This show has a few really special moments. Grab it up. And someone tell me about help
Reviewer: deadeloc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 31, 2005
Subject: its well worth it
the other one>eyes is without a doubt awesome, tiger jam at end of other one. the eyes has to be one of the tightest of 74. gans featured the eyes on the dead hour years ago, it is still one of my favorites. ,lofty solos great jam. hell do the whole run not many bad shows from 74. if you are an eyes freak like me this is a very very good one.
Reviewer: mgags - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 30, 2004
Subject: Another '74 Gem!
An average 1st set doesn't take away from this classic. Set 2 is where the real action is. This Weather Report Suite is solid! Also, how can you beat a He's Gone>Truckin>Other1>Eyes and 2 1/2 encores . Enough said?
Reviewer: docgonzo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2004
Subject: A great start to '74
If 02/22 was a warm-up, this show really shows the promise of the year to come. There's tons of energy, from the opening Around & Around, through Truckin' and Casey Jones. The sound of this field recording is good; although the vocals could be a bit higher in the mix. There are some irritating cut-offs at the end of songs -- like Casey Jones. Highlights? The He's gone > Truckin' is sweet. The Ship of fools and Sugaree both shine as Jerry brings some new leads and really impassioned singing to two of his best ballads. And the 'and we bid you goodnite....' is a perfect close.
Reviewer: southernflavour - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2004
Subject: highlights
Phil really cuts through in The Let it Grow jam, and then so does Jerry.
The best He's Gone segue into Truckin' I have heard, it has an excellent bluesy feel.
Reviewer: jackaroe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2004
Subject: wow
I'm surpised that show doesn't get more attention. It's always been a favorite from one of my favorite years. The He's Gone is probably my favorite version ever and the He's Gone thru Eyes is excellent. The Eyes has a slightly slower pace but it works very very well. Other mentions go out to a great H.C. Sunshine, Let it Grow and the second encore. Great stuff. Often overshadowed by the next night which is understandable, but don't pass this one by.
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